Church of Nigeria and The Killing Fields


The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, like many denominations in the northern states, is facing persecution.

The radical Islamic terrorist group, Jama’atu Ahlis-Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad (People Committed to the Prophet’s Teachings for Propagation and Jihad), has focused its attacks on Christians and their churches, businesses or communities since 2010, making Nigeria the 14th most dangerous country for Christians in the world.

The group then graduated to attacking anything it perceives as immoral against Islam, particularly Western education, exemplified in schools and in democratic governance. This earned it the name Boko Haram, meaning ‘Western education is un-Islamic and prohibited’.

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Grenfell Tower: One year on


Last June, the 24-storey tower block of public housing flats in North Kensington was engulfed in an horrific fire.

In the early hours of Wednesday, 14 June 2017, a fire broke out at Grenfell Tower in West London. 71 people lost their lives. The fire continues to impact the whole nation.

Graham Miller, Chief Executive of London City Mission, and Jackie Blanchflower, Team Leader at Latymer Community Church, spoke to Andrew Gordon on behalf of en. Both have a knowledge of what happened.

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China: Online sales ban


In April, it was announced that there would be a ban on online Bible sales and Christian books in China.

Important books for other major religions, such as the Qur’an and Buddhist sutras, were not taken down and are available online in China, and the Qur’an has a Chinese ISBN number, whilst the Bible does not.

Although being the world’s largest producer of Bibles, the Bible has never been entirely legal inside the country. It has always been ‘classified as an internal publication for internal distribution within and by registered Christian churches only’, according to Joann Pittman, Vice-President of China Source, a non-profit organisation supporting the Chinese Church.

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Why do I still?…


‘This is your last hill – and I can tell you, you are going to be crying. But hey you want to make a move, you want to change’. So says my American virtual spin class tutor over the speakers as I strive to keep up. The idea is to give you motivation to keep going when things are tough and you feel like giving up.

But why is change so hard for us? You might ask: ‘Why after 32 years do I still not squeeze the toothpaste tube properly’; or ‘Why do I still binge eat?’ ‘Why do I still look at porn?’; ‘Why do I still get angry with my husband?’; ‘Why can’t I trust God rather than be anxious all the time?’; etc.

Small or massive change seems to involve pain and struggle with small incremental steps forward and some backsliding. It all seems painfully slow at times.

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How important is a particular language?


Many of us have never stopped to consider the value of a specific language.

Whether it’s one we’ve never heard or one we use every day – why would we? If our first language is English, our language isn’t under threat, and we have access to education, healthcare, God’s Word and everything else we could want in our own language.

At Wycliffe Bible Translators, we believe the Bible is for everyone, no matter what language they speak. Many people are surprised to learn that the Bible still hasn’t been translated into every language yet. In fact, the complete Bible is only available in 670 languages; less than 10% of all the languages spoken in the world today.

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Theology of a boat-rocker


Jordan Peterson has become a YouTube phenomenon.

He is a 50-something Canadian, clinical psychologist and Professor at the University of Toronto. His lectures attract thousands online as he vigorously takes on all kinds of subjects including the wrongness of politically-correct orthodoxy which is crippling free speech and ruining universities across the Western world.

He is rocking the boat of Western liberalism and, because he articulates many ideas with which contemporary Christians can identify (and often have already voiced), he is sometimes spoken of as being ‘the nearest thing to a Christian without actually being one’. But though we can admire him and benefit from his wisdom, reading his book 12 Rules for Life1 gives us a clearer grasp of where he is actually coming from.

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Social credit ratings?


I never used to worry about privacy laws.

I just naively thought: ‘I’ve got nothing major to hide. So, no problem?’

But times have changed. Facebook is in trouble. Mark Zuckerberg, who famously started the Internet enterprise from his room at Harvard in 2004, felt constrained to take out adverts in newspapers to apologise. The online giant had failed to prevent the personal information of 50 million Facebook users being harvested in 2014 without their consent. The now defunct political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica stands accused of using the data to try to influence US elections. Similar Internet shenanigans by the Russians are alleged. For all our pin numbers, passwords (who can remember them all?) and encryption, it seems that the computer age has left us digitally vulnerable.

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